Hamm's Special Light
Hamm's Brewing Co.

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From:
Hamm's Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
Lager - Light
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
65
Avg:
2.67 | pDev: 32.21%
Ratings:
123
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 24, 2021
Added:
Apr 20, 2004
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  18
SCORE
65
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3.5 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Nov 24, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
by DirtyMikeandTheBoys from Arkansas

This cheap swill is a lot better than Busch light. I can pick up a dirty 30 for $13. Goes down smooth and you don’t pay the price the next day. Sold out everywhere in Fort Smith Arkansas after the local college kids found out about this cheap but tasty beverage.

Jul 28, 2021
 
4.25 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on May 28, 2021
 
2.92 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on May 02, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Caldwan123 from Iowa

Even though it is a light beer would expect a more honey colored appearance. Smell and taste of faint hop bitterness. Taste is smooth no offensive tin aftertaste like some other light beers. Crisp finish and drinkable to keep going back for more. Light mouth feel no lasting negative mouth feel. This beer is an incredible value when you consider the price vs quality you can buy Hamms for round here like 13.50 per 30 pack.

Jan 03, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JUMPER from Pennsylvania

I'll start by I'm not a fan of light beers. I love Budweiser but wouldn't give a plug nickel for Bud light. I drink Hamm's and my wife is a light beer drinker so she asked me to pick up a case of special light. First it pours a straw yellow and has an aroma of grain most likely corn sugar. It gets a nice frothy head and goes away quick but still keeps a nice lacing showing good carbonation. The taste is crisp and light a very easy drinking beer. This has way more flavor though than Miller Lite, Coors Light or Bud light. Very good flavor good carbonation and laces along the glass nicely. Final thoughts are well worth the money an inexpensive beer but not inexpensive taste or quality.

Oct 30, 2020
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1/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by Sandrat from Kansas

Put a sixer in the freezer to cool. Went out to mowed the lawn. So after the grass, the cans were just starting to swell. Pop a tab and poured quickly into a big frozen mug. This is a big frosty mess, ah yes. Pollen allergies are kicking in so I really can't smell anything. Slammed this mug and poured two more in a fresh frozen mason jar. Ahh this is better. Arrrgh! Brain Freeze! Pop number 4, no more glasses in the freezer. Oh well I'm chillin' on the porch wearing my bibs and there are just two more to go. Life is good here in Kansas.

Jul 23, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +69.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by deleted_user_1251035 from Wisconsin

Love this Beer. Refreshing. Not many beers quench my thirst like Hamm's Special Light. Hands Down my favorite Light Beer.

Jun 20, 2020
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5/5  rDev +87.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MuffyvonVandervon

Hamms is a delightful beer. It is easily drinkable and therefore perfect for a Saturday evening shot gun. It comes in an iconic gold and blue can and is best enjoyed from there. It has a strong corn taste that is greatly reminiscent of the American heartland. It is truly the American beer.

May 23, 2020
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1.75/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
by KACK1533 from Massachusetts

Not as good as regular Hamm's. Smell was corny with hints of metal. Taste was borderline awful with hints of corn and malt. I don't know if my can of this beer was spoiled. Felt somewhat dry on the tongue. Probably wouldn't have this again.

Apr 02, 2020
 
1.94 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania on Jan 18, 2020
 
2.34 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio on Dec 19, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by geargroy from Wisconsin

I won't give Hamm's Special Light very high marks but light beers are always rated short or mediocre in taste tests. But Hamm's Special Light tastes better than regular Hamm's. Do the taste test you will probably agree. Not as full bodied as Hamm's. And that's a good thing sometimes.

Nov 20, 2019
 
3 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan on Aug 25, 2019
 
1.53 by BlueTomorrow from Michigan on Feb 23, 2019
 
2.5 by shelbs1202 from Indiana on Jan 31, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beerluvinmonkey from Pennsylvania

American light lager is exactly what you’d expect. Keep it cold, cold, cold and enjoy with fun food, pizza, hot roast beef sandwich or cheesesteak. Better than Miller Lite and Bud light and less expensive. My go to beer when I just want plain old beer.

Oct 15, 2018
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3.34/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz can bb November 19, 2018 poured into a Hamm's thumbprint goblet at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to an island and thin ring around the glass. The aroma is light malt and yeast. The taste is also light malt, a hint of tart and then a slightly uncomfortable light sweetness. No bitterness really and a little diacetyl on then finish. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, highly carbonated and dry. Overall, the best beer I've bought for under $3/6 pack, cold, out the door. It would be fine with food or at a social event where you want to drink quite a few and still have it together.

Sep 21, 2018
 
3.28 by John-Richey from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Bluecarp from Indiana

This is my favorite of the American corporate brews. VERY smooth, crisp flavor/feel ,Hamms is the best of the Miller/Coors brands & yet its the least expensive!! Go figure

Jul 21, 2018
 
3.32 by jmarko579 from Minnesota on Jul 14, 2018
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3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2018-05-30 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can. Trying my best to rate this to style, which is a Light American Adjunct Lager.

A - Very clear straw-gold with a 1-finger white head that drops quickly

S - Corn, light grass, white grape.

T - Lots of white bread, corn, some grassy spice and mild fruit sweetness. There's even a bit of mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. Quaffable and refreshing.

O - Similar to regular Hamm's, just dialed back a bit. I liked it better than expected.

Notes: On 2018-05-30 I had the Hamm's Special Light side-by-side with Straub American Light. Both are the same color. The Straub had a larger head and much better lacing. The Hamm's has a sweeter aroma, with more corn in the flavor. The Straub has a little more complexity in the malt flavor, perhaps due to the use of 20% barley, and is a little on the sourdough side. Both are reasonably priced here in PA although the Hamm's cost is half the price at $.50 per can vs $1.00 per can for the Straub.

Notes: On 2018-05-30 I had the Hamm's Special Light side-by-side with Hamm's "American Classic" (also just called Hamm's). Both had the same clarity and color. The American Classic initially had a larger head. Aromas are very similar; just a little bit stronger in the American Classic. On the other hand, the flavor and feel of the American Classic is richer, fuller and more satisfying. The Special Light is 3.8% and 110 calories vs the American Classic at 4.7% and 142 calories. Both beers are the same price per can. I favor the Special Light because I get as much drinking satisfaction with less calories.

May 30, 2018
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3.45/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
by Hammpion324 from Pennsylvania

This is the kind of beer that just makes you want to crank up some molly hatchet and break the lawn tractor out. By the time your done cutting the lawn you have already thrown down half a thirty rack. This beer smells like freedom and pours red white and blue just like the can.

May 17, 2018
 
3.26 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Apr 29, 2018
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4.01/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by PapasmurphWI from Wisconsin

L - Poured into a basic-ass kitchen tumbler with three pinches of kosher table salt. Immediately, a development of eggshell off-white macro-head cultivated to the size of one and two-thirds finger-length. The pinches of salt absolutely created a dramatic increase in lacing and consistent retention in a beautiful golden cascade of cheap beer wonderfulness.

S - That one sock I had from freshman year of college (which was only used twice to clean up the puke of my white-privileged dorm mate)

T- A flowery garden that lies on the side of the mountain in the land of the sky blue water. Altogether, it reminds me of every Prince song I've ever heard in one masterful symphony of exquisite cheap beer palate.

F- Makes me feel super hamm'sered. Makes me feel super hamm'd up.

O - Just a great beer. Versatile in all respects. Drink it while you read this. Drink it while you mow the lawn. Drink it while your wife isa bitchin'. Doesn't matter what the task, Hamm's Specy got you.

Apr 26, 2018
 
2.34 by Foxman27 from Iowa on Feb 21, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ZAP from Minnesota

L-Light golden color..light white head

S-Corn aroma...relatively assertive scent for this style. A bit of lemon like hop notes as well.

T-Light cornbread like flavor...even lighter splash of lemons with a bit of dryness on the finish. Pretty flavorful for a light lager.

F-Light bodied but not thin...ample carbonation but not too jazzed up.

O-This is a pretty solid Adjunct Light Lager. Nothing off, not too thin, carries just enough flavor to keep it interesting.

Dec 22, 2017
 
2 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania on Dec 10, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +72.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ababeertaster from Indiana

This is a pale lager beer. Top fermented yeast. I believe it uses a pilsner malt with light grains. It has a slight hop character, hops probably from the Pacific Northwest. It has a low to moderate bitterness, I guess around 30. The color is an SMR-3. Nice head and clean finish. Nice mouthfeel. Overall a good beer. It will pair good with chicken, fish, salads and pasta.

Oct 27, 2017
 
2.81 by Ri0 from Wisconsin on Sep 26, 2017
 
2.9 by Tracker83 from Michigan on Sep 16, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by KarlHungus from Minnesota

This beer pours a clear pale gold color. With a big, frothy head that recedes somewhat quickly into sparse lacing. For the style this beer is quite colorful. The aroma is corny, and bready. For the style the aroma is quite strong, and surprisingly pleasant. The taste is more corn forward than the aroma, but there is still some breadiness in the background. Again, it is quite flavorful for a Light Lager. The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light bodied with a velvety texture, and appropriately high carbonation. Although it is lighter bodied it is still fuller than any other light Lager I've tasted. Overall, this beer is excellent when reviewed to style, and nice when thought of as a beer in general. I'd drink it again on a hot day without reservation.

Jul 08, 2017
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3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Saw this for cheap and decided to bite. Regular Hamms isn't bad for a macro lager, and it's warming up out.
Served in a 12 oz. Hamms goblet. Rated to style.

Supe pale anemic gold, momentary sudsy head and sparse lacing. Faint inoffensive lager yeast aroma.
Apple, cracker, and flaked corn flavors. Very clean with no aftertaste. It's got a little bit of astringency. Alternately overcarbed at first, becoming thin and watery halfway through. Overall it's very inoffensive and very simple and clean.
Pretty drinkable for what it is. Not a bad lawnmower beer, it also makes a decent shandy with San Pellegrino limonata.

Sad that the original brewery has sat vacant for 20 years now.
RIP Johnnies, aka the Hamms Bar.

Apr 18, 2017
 
2 by StevenH from New Jersey on Apr 09, 2017
 
3 by mcrawford from Michigan on Nov 27, 2016
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3.24/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by GLBClover85 from Indiana

It is what it is. For 9.99 a 30 pack at Kroger id pick it up before bud miller or Coors. Obviously it's not craft beer but for an AAL it's a solid choice. Regular Hamms taste better than the special light but you can drink plenty of these without getting drunk.

Oct 29, 2016
 
1.75 by emwild12 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2016
 
2.23 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Jun 20, 2016
 
1.68 by dcall384 from Indiana on May 19, 2016
Hamm's Special Light from Hamm's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 123 ratings